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Washington School: January Issue 2018

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,


This is the time of year for gratitude. I always take time to reflect on what a very lucky woman I am. I am the principal of the great-est school around! I know darn well, that the reason that Washington is so amazing is because of the magical mix of all of you:


  • The staff is the very best around. These teachers work endlessly to bring your children the very best education possible.
  • The parents work in so many ways to make Washington a great place. You show up to field trips, volunteer in the classrooms, help at PTO events, volunteer for Pizza Day, and do so much more to make sure that the children know how much you love them! You make sure that our staff knows how much we are appreciated too!
  • The children of course! You send us the very best kids to educate!
How could we go wrong?! Thank you for everything that you do to make Washington such a wonderful, magical place to lead.


THANK YOU to all the generous families who participated in our Washington Cares Tree initiative. Due to your support, we were able to fulfill the holiday wishes of many Washington families. All children received items from their "need" as well as their "want" lists. We were also able to give each family gift cards to assist in their holiday meals.

As in years past, when we notified you of your community's needs, you exceeded all expectations. It is a privilege to be associated with such caring individuals.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of our Washington Community.

I wish you a happy holiday season. Happy New Year!


Warmly,

Mrs. Daly

Washington Principal

Drop off and Pick up Safety Reminders

Please make sure when dropping off your child(ren) that you use the crosswalks. This is for the safety of EVERYONE! We have witnessed very unsafe behaviors of parents who walk their children across the street through traffic or allow their students to walk through the traffic. Please don't allow this to happen.

Parent Teacher Book Club - Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle

In February the PTO is partnering with the school to hold a Parent/Teacher Book Club. This year we will be reading Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle.


There's a new set of 3Rs for our kids-respect, responsibility, and resilience-to better prepare them for life in the real world. Once developed, these skills let kids take charge, and let parents step back, to the benefit of all. Casting hover mothers and helicopter parents aside, Vicki Hoefle encourages a different, counter-intuitive-yet much more effective-approach: for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up. Duct Tape Parenting gives parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. This is not a book about the parenting strategy of the day-what the author calls "Post-It Note Parenting"-but rather a relationship-based guide to span all ages and stages of development. Witty, straight-shooting Hoefle addresses frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world.


Looking forward to this opportunity for staff and parents to discuss this book to help all of our students become respectful, responsible, and resilient kids!!!


Amazon Smile. Did you know that you can earn money for Washington PTO by shopping on amazon? #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/35-2298679 for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Washington School PTO.

Dress for the Weather

Now that the weather is changing and temperatures are dropping, dressing your child appropriately for the weather is important. Students will be sent outdoors for recess, weather permitting. It is important for the students to go out in the fresh air and exercise.

January SEL Update: Kindness Matters

Washington has been ROARing with kindness throughout the month of December. Fifth Grade Washington students demonstrated their ROARS with Random Acts of Kindness. Completed Acts of Kindness have included: fixing Mrs. Benjamin’s books, holding the door open for others, giving compliments, donating money to charities, making blankets for the homeless and many more. Fourth grade students have a santa challenge posted on their lockers with acts of kindness they have completed throughout the month. Our Washington students are spreading happiness, warmth, and kindness this winter season.

Message from PE

Hello from the PE Department!

Click on the link below for our PE Newsletter!


Mrs. Cichon - @mrscichonpe on Twitter and Instagram

Mr.Engeriser - @mrengeriserpe on Twitter and Instagram

Ms. Pater - @mspaterpe on Twitter and Instagram

Follow Mrs. Daly on Twitter

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER….. We are always looking for ways to improve communication and to increase engagement with our parent community, please follow me on Twitter. I invite you to follow me @Dalytalk for news on student, classroom, and school accomplishments, important updates, informational items, and a glimpse at amazing moments of teaching and learning.
Washington Calendar of Events- Click Here

Click here to view upcoming and planned events

District Mission Statement

Inspire all students to discover their strengths, embrace learning, achieve personal excellence, and demonstrate care. Students thrive in a rich, rigorous, and innovative curriculum delivered by highly qualified teachers. Each student learns and grows in a safe, nurturing environment. In collaboration with student, parents, teachers and the community, District 64 provides opportunities for each learner to investigate, be successful, be resilient, and become inspired and empowered as they contribute to our global society.

Elective Night at Lincoln - Calling all 5th Graders

Who: Students who will be enrolled at Lincoln during the 2018-2019 school year and their families


What: Lincoln's Elective Night (formerly Open House)


When: Thursday, January 18, 2018; current 5th grade families meet in the Gym from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a special presentation; 5th, 6th, and 7th grade families are welcome to walk through the entire building from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Why: Please visit to learn more about Lincoln's engaging and unique elective program! Visit classrooms and learning spaces to meet teachers and see materials, equipment, instruments, student work, and even some live demonstrations. Current Lincoln students will be submitting their course selection forms for the next school year by the end of the month, so this event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the fantastic options available before ranking top choices.

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